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8:05 AM ET, November 24, 2009

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Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
Apple Launching New iPhone Ads Tonight  —  Apple is launching two new iPhone ads on TV tonight.  The ads are intended to tout the iPhone's ability to hold a simultaneous voice and data connection at the same time.  —  One ad shows a set of work-related scenarios — looking at an email …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Joins AT&T/Verizon Spat With New iPhone Ads (See Them Here!)  —  Verizon's merciless razzing of AT&T has finally elicited a reaction from Apple.  Peeved at seeing its marquee product banished to the “Island of Misfit Toys” in one of Big Red's new holiday ads, Apple is launching a pair …
Nick / AVG Blogs:
New Facebook worm - don't click da' button baby!  —  Thanks to a tip-off from colleague Gadi Evron, I've just spent some time looking into the latest Facebook worm after he alerted Facebook about it.  —  Like so many past worms, this one uses a suggestive come-on to lure the unsuspecting …
Michael Siliski / Google Mobile Blog:
Happy Thanksgiving Travels: Google Maps Navigation now available for Android 1.6  —  A few weeks ago we launched Google Maps Navigation (Beta) as a free feature of Google Maps on Android 2.0 devices.  Today we're expanding availability of Google Maps Navigation to devices running Android 1.6 …
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Offensive Michelle Obama Image Returns, Google Buys Ad To Explain  —  Google is buying ads to explain why an offensive image of the First Lady is back in its index and ranking so highly on searches for Michelle Obama in Google Image Search.  —  As we reported last week …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Millions using social media on Xbox Live  —  Microsoft on Monday said that millions of Xbox Live members have used the new social-media features that the company pushed live a week ago.  —  In June, Microsoft announced it would begin offering Xbox Live users access to Facebook, Twitter, and Last.fm.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Twitter's Biz Stone says could go IPO route  —  OXFORD, England (Reuters) - Twitter, the social internet firm that tracks trends through individuals' updates of events around them, may eventually go to the stock market for funding if necessary, its co-founder Biz Stone said.
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Steven Scheer / Reuters:   Twitter eyes acquisitions, sees making money in 2010
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn Finally Opens Platform: The Good & Bad News  —  Two years and a month after announcing that it would launch a more professional-looking developer platform than the wildly successful one at Facebook, LinkedIn today finally opened up a series of application programming interfaces for other companies to build on top of.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, eWeek and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
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Adam Nash / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn Platform: Open for Business
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
We Hold These Truths To Be Awesome: The Founding Fathers Give Google Wave A Try  —  Now this is cool.  Some of the hype over Google Wave has died down over the last few weeks, in no small part because most people have absolutely no idea how to use it (no, the 80 minute long video demo doesn't help).
Thanks:enauzer
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Opens Chrome Extensions To Developers, Will Only Review Certain Ones  —  As anticipated, Google has taken the first step to launch full extension support for its Chrome browser.  Starting today, Google is allowing developers to upload the extensions they are making to the new Extensions Gallery.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google-backed Pixazza opens up photo tagging service to help blogs earn revenue  —  Pixazza, a Google Ventures-backed startup, is opening up its crowdsourced photo-tagging service, which can turn any Web site into an online store.  —  The Mountain View-based startup uses an army of taggers …
Discussion: The Blog Herald and ResourceShelf
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Windows Mobile vs. Android: WinMo Is Better Than You Think  —  Android is the hot phone platform, with market share growing at a rapid pace, and handsets with the OS being touted across the web.  I have been impressed with how far Android has come in a relatively short time, and how well it has penetrated the market.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Digg For Bargains: Deals.Woot Is Now Open To The Public  —  Woot, the popular bargain site that offers one good (sometimes great) deal a day, has just launched a new portal at deals.Woot.  The new site is a fairly major departure for Woot, which up until now has been driven by product selections …
Discussion: Digital Trends
Samir / bountii.com:
Negative Cashback from Bing Cashback  —  In a recent post that Microsoft made me take down, I wrote about some security holes in Bing Cashback.  While technical flaws are somewhat interesting to me, most Bountii users don't really care about them.  Starting today, I'll write about some non-technical flaws in Bing Cashback.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
IE bug leaks private details from 50m PDF files  —  Black hat recon courtesy of Microsoft  —  A bug in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is causing more than 50 million files stored online to leak potentially sensitive information that could compromise user privacy, a security researcher said.
Discussion: SecureThoughts.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Ups Its Game And Hints At Future Business Models  —  For some time now, it has seemed like Foursquare was the only game in town.  I mean “game” literally, as of the major location-based services, Foursquare seemed to be the only one really emphasizing gaming elements.
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
How Search Engines, Aggregators & Blogs Use News Content  —  Ahead of next week's FTC workshop on journalism and the internet, I gave an informal briefing to several people from the FTC about the differences between how search engines, aggregators and news blogs all gather content automatically and through human editing.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Electricpig.co.uk, Thanks:atul
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
SAP Joins PowerPoint and Twitter - Does This Work?  —  As we approach 2010, a number of new efforts are underway to make documents more social.  One consultant told us how recently a client tried to turn Sharepoint into a Twitter client.  That's a monster!
Discussion: CloudAve, Thanks:enauzer
Jeremy Hsu / Popular Science:
Rat Brain Modelers Denounce IBM's Cat Brain Simulation as “Shameful and Unethical” Hoax  —  The Blue Brain project leader says that IBM's simulated brain does not even reach an ant's brain level  —  IBM's claim of simulating a cat cortex generated quite a buzz last week …
BBC:
Protests grow over digital bill  —  The Digital Economy bill has sparked a wave of protest among consumers and rights groups.  —  Soon after the bill began its journey through Parliament on 19 November, many expressed worries about parts of it.  —  The bill suggests the use of technical measures …
Discussion: Telegraph
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple iPhone eats up 50% share of all mobile data traffic globally  —  Apple's slice of mobile data traffic has grown to now exceed 50% share in the US, UK and in global figures, according to the latest monthly mobile data traffic report by AdMob.  —  AdMob just released its first monthly …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Shows Online, Brought to You by ...  JENNIE GARTH of “Beverly Hills 90210” fame has a new series.  But don't look for it on a broadcast network or a cable channel.  —  Likewise, Candace Bushnell of “Sex and the City” and “Lipstick Jungle” is back at work in the video realm.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Senators Begin Questioning ACTA Secrecy  —  Despite some sweet talk from Hollywood about how important ACTA and its secret negotiations are to America (and, once again, no, the secrecy is not at all “normal,” as some industry lawyers would have you believe), it looks like some Senators …
Discussion: keionline.org
Associated Press:
Corel says takeover needed to prevent collapse  —  OTTAWA — Corel Corp., the maker of WordPerfect and other software, on Monday justified an offer to take the company private, saying that complete ownership is necessary to inject capital quickly and avert a default on its loans.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
E-tailers snagged in marketing ‘scam’ blame customers  —  First the good news for consumers: the U.S. government's investigation into how dozens of well-known online stores worked with controversial marketers to “deceive” customers out of $1.4 billion has prompted some retailers …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Datel sues Microsoft over Xbox cheating crackdown  —  Datel Design & Development on Friday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft after the software company locked out unauthorized Xbox 360 memory units.  —  Datel, which makes popular third-party memory units for the gaming console …
 
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Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Qualcomm Antitrust Probe Dropped by European Union Regulators
Discussion: The Register, PC World and IntoMobile
Scott Hogg / Network World:
BackTrack4 Uses IPv6 to Cover Tracks
John Leyden / The Register:
Google hoodwinked into pushing Chrome OS scareware
Stuart Levine / Variety:
TiVo, Google pact in data deal
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP beats earnings guidance but cites pricing pressures in PCs and printers
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Report: Apple's ‘Black Friday’ deals cut Mac prices 8%
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and IntoMobile
Russell Adams / Digits:
Vogue Sees Web Lessons in Obama's Campaign
Discussion: paidContent